Isaiah 40

1. "Help my people, help my people," said your God.
2. "Speak from the heart* of Jerusalem and call her,
for she was filled with power and she had her fill of sin;
indeed,* she received from the hand of the Lord
double [her share] of all the sins."
3. The voice that called in the wilderness,
"Open* up the way for the Lord,
and build a path in the valley* for our God."
4. All the gorges shall be filled
and all the mountains and highlands shall be made low,*
and the rugged terrain shall be smoothed* over
and the inaccessible country shall be made into a plane.*
5. Thus the glory of the Lord shall be revealed*
and all flesh shall see him,
for it shall be the mouth of the Lord that speaks.
6. The voice that said, "Call out."
And I said, "Who shall I call out to?"*
"All living flesh and all its nurture,
like the vegetation of the field."
7. For the staples shall dry out
and the vegetation shall wither,
because the Spirit of the Lord shall bind itself [around them;]
for this is how the staple of the people is here.
8. The staples shall dry out and the vegetation shall wither
but* the manifestation* of our God shall stand forever.*
9.Upon high mountains climb, O Zion,*
[and offer] up the hope;
raise your voice and do not be afraid,
declare it to the towns of Judea,
"Behold,  your* God."*
10. Behold, the Lord God shall come with force
and his arm with power;
behold, his recompense shall be with him
and his servants before him.
11. Like the shepherd* who shepherds his flock,*
and gathers his lambs,
and takes them up on his lap,
and satiates those that are suckling.
12. Who measures the waters in the palm [of his hand]
and measures the heavens with the span [of his fingers]?
And [who] weighs the mountains in the scales
and the hills in the balance?
13. Who can weigh the spirit of the Lord?
Or [who] does he have to instruct him how to reign as king?
14. By whom shall he be informed and taught,
[who shall school him] in the ways of judgment
and teach him how to [discern] knowledge,
and who can show him the way to teach that?
15. Behold, the nations are but drops from the sacrificial vessel*
and as the weighing stones* of the scales,
and the islands are cast off like chaff.
16. And Lebanon he would not consider for burnt offering
and its living creatures he would not consider as sufficient cause.
17. And all the nations he would consider as nothing,
for they are just as they never existed
and as warring parties that did not amount to anything.*
18. Whom do you liken to God;
to what image* do you liken him?*
19. For is he an image that the carpenter chiseled by the hammer,
that which the goldsmith forges with gold
and the silversmith infuses with silver?*
20. For he chooses the wood that is not worm eaten,
the carpenter chooses it and he carves it with his skill*
and makes it into an unmoving image.
21. Did you not hear, did you not know,
was it not told to you from the beginning,
and did you not learn how the earth was created?*
22. And about the One who sits over the orb of the earth [with a compass]
and [for whom] the inhabitants of [the earth] are like grasshoppers,
who stretches the heavens like an arched ceiling
and lays them out like tents for sitting?
23. And who makes the rulers like they are nothing
and the judges of the earth like they have [no judgment.]*
24. They neither plant nor sow the seed,
nor do they sink* down roots in the earth;
he blows on them and they wither,
and the storm carries them like [they were] straw.
25. "To whom did you liken me
that I should consider him [my equal]?" said the Holy One.
26. Raise your eyes to the Highest
and look who created [the celestial bodies]?
[He] who called by number their powers
and to all of them he gave names
and on account of the greatness of his honor
and the power of his might no one* is ever lost.
27. Why do you speak of Jacob and talk of Israel
that my ways are hidden from the Lord
and that my judgment shall be overlooked* by God?
28. Do you not know, have you not heard, that God is Lord forever,*
that he has created [even] the outskirts* of the earth,
that he does not get confused or get tired
and that there is no questioning* his knowledge?
29. He gives strength to the afflicted
and to those who are struck with illness he gives much strength.
30. It is the youth that become afflicted and tired
and the boys that become utterly exhausted.*
31. But* those whose hope is in the Lord
their strength shall be renewed*
and they shall grow* wings like the dove,
and they shall run and not get tired,
and they shall walk and not get exhausted.

*40:2.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Fill by her he out."
*40:2.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*40:3.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Turn," or "change."
*40:3.2 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Crevices."
*40:4.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Gentle."
*40:4.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And the particles shall be used as filler."
*40:4.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Difficult."
*40:4.4 NB! Prophesying about the coming of Eashoa (Jesus) to the World.
*40:5 NB! John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness honors and glorifies the Lord. Others, such as the Apostles of Eashoa, shall follow.
*40:6 Lit. Ar. id.: "What shall I say?"
*40:8.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*40:8.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "The Milta of our Allaha."
*40:8.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "To [the end of] the universe."
*40:9.1 NB! Feminine gender.
*40:9.2 NB! Feminine gender.
*40:9.3 NB! Possible prophecy regarding the "Daughter of Zion" or "the Virgin Mary."
*40:15.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Altar's bucket."
*40:15.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lowerers."
*40:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And all the nations as not a thing he though of them and for disappearance and war he thought of them."
*40:18.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Liken."
*40:18.2 NB! The prophecy here begins to introduce the image of the Messiah when He Comes.
*40:19 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Image is he that the carpenter makes and the smith wins it with gold and refined silver imbues it with?"
*40:20 Lit. Ar. id.: "By his wisdom."
*40:21 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Did you not understand the foundations of the earth?"
*40:23 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Who makes the authorities nothing and the judges like they have it not."
*40:24 Lit. Ar. id.: "Cast down."
*40:27 Lit. Ar. id.: "Pass by."
*40:28.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That God to the universe Lord He is."
*40:28.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lips."
*40:28.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "There is no researching," or "his knowledge is beyond question."
*40:30 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Pickingly picked up."
*40:31.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*40:31.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Exchanged."
*40:31.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Bring forth."

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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